Dan McArthur Cranmore, 70, of Tiffin, died at 5:50 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.
He was born May 26, 1943, in Dayton, Tenn., to Daniel W. and Eva Mary (Schouggins) Cranmore. He met the love of his life, a wife of 40 years, Candice J. (Johnston) Cranmore where they both worked at Archway Bakery, Ashland. They were married May 12, 1974, in Palm Beach, Fla., and she survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Stacey Cranmore of Georgia and Cindy (Rich) Harding of Ashland; a son, Brian Cranmore of Tennessee; a special granddaughter, Morgan, who Dan and Candice have been raising since the loss of their daughter, Jody; a brother, Billy R. Cranmore of Ashland; four sisters, Sue (Lilly) Sample of Haysville, Janet (Robert) Mumaw of Mineral Bluffs Springs, Ga., Linda Whitmore of Shelby and Wanda Batterson of Lawton, Okla.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Berta Cranmore of Ashland; two brothers-in-law, Kirk (Mindy) Johnston of Ashland and Kim (Kathy) Johnston of Arizona; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Louise and Ken Etzwiler of Ashland; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jody Cranmore; and five brothers, James, Troy, Vinus, Dennis and Ted Cranmore.
Dan was a graduate of Ashland High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-64 and was a barber on board the USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DDR-713). Dan often talked of visiting Italy and Rome and all the wonderful sites while in the Navy.
Dan and his family moved to the area from Upper Sandusky with Tiffin Bake Shop and worked there five years. He then worked for 28 years at American Standard, Tiffin, where he retired when the plant closed.
He was a wonderful, caring and tender-hearted husband and a hands-on dad and grandpa. He enjoyed just doing things that made you happy whether it was painting a room, playing endless board and yard games, or taking his girls, when they were young, swimming and fishing and enjoying all of their activities ... and as "Papa" he tried to do all of those same things with Morgan.
Dan loved to putter outdoors at home and created beautiful water features and gardens. He liked to bake and made wonderful homemade breads and his pies were always a favorite among family and friends. When not working outside, he and Candice were hobbyist breeders and created the Colors in Flight Aviary, where they worked with several species of finches during the last 25 years. He built cages, made nest boxes and helped create and design the bird room. Some area zoos have purchased many of their birds over the years. They also maintain bird aviaries at some of the area nursing home facilities.
Dan will be missed for his easy smile, his fun sense of humor, his laugh, his kindness, his daily hugs and generous heart. He will be missed every day by his family.
His memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at St. John's United Church of Christ, 1371 SR 587, Fostoria, with the Rev. David Culp officiating. There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-3113.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Morgan Cranmore Scholarship Fund, in care of Fifth Third Bank or to Bridge Hospice.
To send condolences, go to www.traunerofuneralhome.com.